Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action

Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action

Efforts to support social, emotional, and academic development and to address racial equity cannot be pursued separately, as aspects of the two issues are mutually reinforcing, a report from the Aspen Institute argues. The report, Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action (12 pages, PDF), calls for an equitable education system in which every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, or family background. To make substantive progress toward educational equity, the report argues, education leaders need to address inequities through a racial equity lens and at the individual, institutional, and societal levels. The report outlines considerations for educators implementing social, emotional, and academic development efforts, including supporting students in ways that address injustice and related trauma, mitigating the risk of stigmatization via stereotype, making effective discipline a part of a holistic effort to teach students to take responsibility for their actions, building relationships and trust, and engaging families and communities.